The best Valentine’s Day movies to watch this year

Whether you’re going out or staying in, coupled up or not, we’ve got options for the perfect Valentine’s Day viewing.

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The Last Five Years, theatrical release poster.
The Last Five Years theatrical release poster.

For a night out (all of these movies will be released on Feb. 13)

50 Shades of Grey: Should make for a memorable evening, but pick your date carefully.
Love, Rosie: This is the movie you bring your platonic male friend to, when you want to take it to the next level.
The Last Five Years: From the filmmakers behind P.S. I Love You, but this one’s a musical — with swearing.

 

Original theatrical release poster for the film Casablanca (1942).
Casablanca theatrical release poster.

For a night in

Casablanca: The obvious choice but for good reason. Play it again, Sam.
When Harry Met Sally: At this point you probably only remember the diner scene. But the rest of it is pretty good, too.
Date Night: Tina Fey and Steve Carell’s marriage is so strong even Mark Wahlberg can’t break them up.

 

Fault in our stars, theatrical release poster.
The Fault In Our Stars theatrical release poster.

For a night on your own (with a box of tissues)

An Officer and a Gentleman: The ultimate man-in-uniform flick — with a wickedly romantic ending.
The Notebook: This one’s a real tearjerker, partly because you’re never going to share a ferris wheel ride with Ryan Gosling.
The Fault in our Stars: They’re young, they’re sick and they’re heading to Amsterdam. What could possibly go wrong?

 

Bridget Jones's Diary
Bridget Jones’ Diary. Photo, courtesy of Miramax.

For a night with the girls

Breakfast at Tiffany’s: Shake up some martinis, put on a string of pearls and plan your next girls’ trip to New York City.
Bridget Jones’ Diary: Break yourselves into two groups: Team Daniel Cleaver and Team Mark Darcy. Discuss.
The Other Woman: If your group of gals happens to be single, bitter or recently burned, this is your pick.

 

Shrek Princess Fiona sunset
Shrek. Photo, Dreamworks/Paramount Pictures © 2011.

For a family night

Lady and the Tramp: Be warned, you’re exposing the kids to some bad table manners.
Shrek: What better Valentine’s Day lesson than that good guys finish first — even green ones.
The Princess Bride: Come for the love story, stay for the sword fighting. (Not to mention the note-perfect writing.)

 

Rashida Jones Andy Samberg Jesse and Celeste Forever
Rashida Jones and Andy Samberg in Jesse and Celeste Forever. Photo, Sony Pictures Classics © 2012.

For people too cool for Valentine’s Day

Lost in Translation: Dreamy, romantic and funny. But in no way sappy.
Annie Hall: Watch a great love story without feeling like you’re part of the consumer holiday.
Jesse and Celeste Forever: No one’s buying Andy Samberg as a romantic lead — and this movie gets that. Spoiler alert: There’s no happily ever after.